Protest Anyway – Pastor Stacey Shiflett

Protest Anyway

(School Chapel Message)

1 Samuel 8:9 Now therefore hearken unto their voice: howbeit yet protest solemnly unto them, and shew them the manner of the king that shall reign over them.

Intro: There are many responsibilities of a preacher. The number one responsibility is to preach the Word of God. To open the Bible, read the passage, explain it and help people understand it.

Illustration: Nehemiah 8

  • 3 And he read therein before the street that was before the water gate from the morning until midday, before the men and the women, and those that could understand; and the ears of all the people were attentive unto the book of the law.
  • 7 …caused the people to understand the law: and the people stood in their place.
  • 8 So they read in the book in the law of God distinctly, and gave the sense, and caused them to understand the reading.

Other responsibilities of the preacher is to break down bad theology and pull down wrong thinking.

  • Jeremiah 1:10 See, I have this day set thee over the nations and over the kingdoms, to root out, and to pull down, and to destroy, and to throw down, to build, and to plant.

Demolition is necessary before construction.

Two-thirds of Jeremiah’s duty was negative; one-third was positive.

The duty of the preacher is to:

  • 2 Timothy 4:2 Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all longsuffering and doctrine.

In this story, Samuel was the man of God appointed to speak to the people on God’s behalf.

He was a godly man and a true prophet.

Chapter 3 verse 19 tells us that the Lord was with him, and did let none of his words fall to the ground.

Verse 20 says that all Israel knew that Samuel was established to be a prophet of the Lord.

Verse 21 says that the Lord revealed himself to Samuel by the word of the Lord.

But when we get to chapter 8, Samuel is old.

His sons followed in his steps but were not godly men.

They did not have the same character and integrity as their father.

Because of that, the nation of Israel rejected God’s plan for the prophets and the judges to lead the people.

The people wanted a king like all the other nations.

Notice this people’s serious problems:

               A. They Rejected God’s Man – vs. 5, 6

               B. They Rejected God – vs. 7

               C. They Rejected God’s Message – vs. 10-19

The point I want to make was this.

The people had already made up their minds what they wanted. – vs. 6

God had already made up His mind to let them have it. – vs. 7

But – God still sent Samuel TO PROTEST SOLEMNLY UNTO THEM, AND TO SHOW THEM…

God wanted them to be fully informed to the serious consequences of their decision.

Did God stop them from making this terrible choice? No.

Did God’s man stop them from making this terrible decision? No.

Could God have stopped them? Of course.

Could God’s man have stopped them? Probably.

But God gave them what they wanted.

God gave them a king and let them become like all the other nations.

But they had to do it with the SOLEMN PROTEST ringing in their ears.

They had to do it with the words of God’s man in their heart.

You have a choice.

You can do whatever you want to do. Nobody can stop you.

But I am going to PROTEST ANYWAY.

Some of you are involved in sinful activity on your phones and computers.

I can’t stop you. But I can PROTEST ANYWAY.

Some of you are rebellious and disobedient. I can’t stop you.

But I can PROTEST ANYWAY!!

Some of you will leave home and walk away from God. I can’t stop you.

But I can PROTEST ANYWAY!

Conclusion:

A wise person will heed the protests of God’s man; the protest of their parents; the protest of God’s Word and make the right decision.

Just because God doesn’t stop you from ruining your life doesn’t mean He’s OK with it.

You have a choice.

Listen to the solemn protests of God’s man!!

Listen to the solemn protests of your parents!!